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Link Thursday, 12/16/1999
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC

Set 1: Wilson > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Lawn Boy, LxLLimb By Limb, Horn, BOTTBack on the Train, Roggae, Heavy Things, Camel Walk, Possum

Set 2: Sand, MangoThe Mango Song, Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea[1] > Tweezer > Runaway Jim

Encore: Bittersweet Motel > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Ended with a short, spacey delay loop jam.

· Shafty tease in Possum
· Theme from Star Trek tease in Sand

Noteworthy Jams: Chalk Dust Torture, Limb By Limb, Sand, Tweezer (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 11.94

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Before the show, Mike brought a big shaggy doll on the stage and sat it on top of his bass cabinet. Page teased the theme from Star Trek in Sand. Possum included Shafty teases from Mike. Velvet Sea ended with a short, spacey delay loop jam. This show is available as an archival release on

Song Distribution:
4 A Picture of Nectar
3 Farmhouse
3 The Story of the Ghost
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1999 Winter Tour."

waxbanks , attached to 1999-12-16 Permalink
waxbanks Even if you share my inability to get amped up about Sand, this show's divine Wading > Tweezer combo will make you a believer (in, um, *something* or other). Within a certain stylistic envelope this was actually a pretty swell month of Phish, and if you can dig this second set then you have a musical treasure trove awaiting you in December '99. If not, well, time to bust out the Bozeman Tweezer again...
Score: 5
HeadyBrosevelt , attached to 1999-12-16 Permalink
HeadyBrosevelt this second set is so good! some say the sand is overrated, but i think it is a masterpiece in dark, ominous, ambient groove. the mango is incredibly well played and adds a "phishy" vibe to the set. as stated in other reviews, the wading>tweezer is absolutely wonderful: soulful, uplifting, exploratory, and melodic. then a jim set closer, tension release. a 5 star set in my opinion. if you like the ambient soundscapes of '98-'99 you will love this set.
Score: 5
n00b100 Staff , attached to 1999-12-16 Permalink
n00b100 The first set doesn't really do much for me (although that Roggae IS quite nice, and a Camel Walk is always welcome), and I think the second half Sand is decent but overrated (it's not as good as 12/8, let alone Cypress or Dick's 2012). But the second set does have one top notch sequence, as a truly epic, panoramic Velvet Sea gives way to a Tweezer that splashes major key, soaring hose jamming all over the place (Page's deceptively simple piano work behind the wall of guitar noise is worth rewinding to hear again). The Jim is mainly a victory lap, although the crowd's clapping along, so amped up from the previous jam, is truly thrilling. Most of this show is optional for listening, but the Velvet Sea and Tweezer are mandatory.
Score: 3
Abe_Froman , attached to 1999-12-16 Permalink
Abe_Froman The big highlight is the Velvet Sea>Tweezer>Runaway Jim. Trey is feeling it, Page is right there with him, Mike and Fish lay down the foundation. It's probably my favorite Velvet Sea, complete with a Siket Disc like jam at the end. Then the Tweezer. Phish builds and builds until a Fish drum fill turns on THE HOSE. Gorgeous. And Jim is the tension release.

Pretty darn good show overall. Sand goes long, sort of deep, but I like other Sands more. First set has some cool stuff, Limb smokes, Roggae is beautiful, and this Camel Walk is really fun. You can really imagine leading a camel train down to the city at night, a "Midnight at the Oasis" kinda thing.

A pretty solid show from a good month of Phish. Enjoy!
Score: 2
gigrant , attached to 1999-12-16 Permalink
This was a fun show. First set highlights include a great Back on the Train, Heavy Things, Camel Walk and Possum 4 song end of set run. The Possum had serious energy. The second set started with a 20+ minute Sand that ended with beautiful, soulful soloing by Trey after some keyboard experimentation. Very trace-ish at times. Mango was solid but the Velvet->Tweezer was to die for. I don't remember a -> into Jim, but everyone wants to throw those things around for little reason. I swear, if Trey drops his pick inbetween songs someone is going to post a -> to get everyone who wasn't there worked up. Can we clean up some of these set lists????? Ok, made my point. Very solid 2nd set and a show worth downloading.
Score: 0

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